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Additional title: Checkmate (Choreographic work : De Valois)
Grey, Beryl, 1927- (Dancer)
Helpmann, Robert, Sir, 1909-1986 (Dancer)
O'Conaire, Deirdre, 1938-1988 (Dancer)
Lanchbery, John (Conductor)
De Valois, Ninette, 1898-2001 (Choreographer)
Bliss, Arthur, 1891-1975 (Composer)
Dale, Margaret, 1922-2010 (Producer)
Kauffer, E. McKnight (Edward McKnight), 1890-1954 (Designer)
Hatts, Clifford (Designer)
Royal Ballet (Performer)
British Broadcasting Corporation (Broadcaster)
Kauffer, E. McKnight (Edward McKnight), 1890-1954 (Costume designer)

General Dance Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1963-07-31
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 10186
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-162 (former)
Televised dance
Televised performances
Creation/production credits: BBC ; produced by Margaret Dale ; choreography by Ninette de Valois ; music by Arthur Bliss.
Creation/production credits: Designed for television by Clifford Hatts ; scenery and costumes, E. McKnight Kauffer.
Performers: Danced by the Royal Ballet: Beryl Grey (Black Queen) ; Robert Helpmann (White King) ; Deirdre O'Conaire (White Queen) ; Ian Hamilton (First White Knight) ; Richard Farley (Second White Knight) ; Alan Beale and Bryan Ashbridge (Black Knights) ; Alan Alder and Terry Westmoreland (White Bishops).
Performers: Music performed by the Royal Covent Garden Orchestra, conducted by John Lanchbery.
Venue: Telecast by the British Broadcasting Corporation on July 31, 1963.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (U-matic) (43 min.) : sound, black and white ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY827034240-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12159711
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 304fc6c0-9180-0135-9295-0ebca417ccf1
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1963: Issued
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Checkmate" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1963-07-31.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Checkmate" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 27, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1963-07-31). Checkmate Retrieved from

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